An unusual woman
It was a hard time for Mary, as she grew up in a time when women were not allowed to do things such as vote or attend University. She was unable to join the Geological Society of London despite the fact that she was very well known for her findings.
She was friends with many well-known men who were geologists. One of her friends was Henry de la Beche. Mary first knew him when she was a teenager,and he later became one of the most well- known geologists in Britain.
It took until 1829 for Mary to be properly praised for any of her findings.
Drawing from an 1814 paper by Everard Home showing the Ichthyosau- rus platyodon skull found by Joseph Anning in 1811.
Mary stopped working when she became ill and it was too hard for her to do things. She died of breast cancer in 1847 at the age of 47.
Henry De La Beche, who was by then the President of the Geological Society, wrote a eulogy (expression of praise) for her after her death. This was the first one given for a woman, as usually they were only written for members of the society, which didn’t let women join until many years later.
Mary’s fossil hunting work was important. Her work supported the idea that there had been an ‘age of reptiles’.
The Mary Anning Museum has been built in the space where her house used to be.